Communications & Media Relations Intern

Internship Type:

On-Campus Opportunities

Description​: A Communications & Media Relations Intern is needed to support the Office of Community Engagement’s online presence and promote campus efforts to provide resources that enhance quality of life in the surrounding Prince George’s County community. The internship is not paid. However, interns will gain valuable work experience and are encouraged to coordinate receiving academic credit. The Communications Intern will work 10 hours per week throughout the semester. Hours are flexible. Responsibilities​: The intern will collaborate with the Social Media Coordinator to develop written content for the campus community engagement website (http://www.oce.umd.edu), blog, newsletter, and other program-related publications as needed. The intern will document campus community engagement news and events through written summaries, press releases, and photographing projects and events. The intern will also assist in maintaining the Office of Community Engagement’s social media and marketing accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MailChimp, etc.) as well as provide general outreach at campus events and help with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: ​The Communications & Media Relations Intern must be an excellent writer and able to summarize complex topics into succinct articles. Photography skills or an “artistic eye” is preferred to help the Office document campus events and projects. Familiarity with Dreamweaver, InDesign and Photoshop is a bonus. Journalism and Communications students are strongly encouraged to apply though students in all majors with the requisite skills will be considered.

Prerequisites​: Interns must be a current University of Maryland graduate or undergraduate student. Interns are expected to have a professional work ethic, manage their time well, and must be disciplined and self-motivated.

Internship Credit​: Although students are not required to obtain academic credit, OCE encourages students to consult with an academic advisor to see whether internship credit is available through their academic department. If credit is not available through the student’s home department, internship credit may be available through other departments. Students must satisfy the specific internship requirements of the supporting academic department to earn credit, which typically involves 120 hours of work, a significant writing assignment, and an activities log and letter of evaluation from the on-site supervisor. Students are responsible for covering the tuition-related implications of accepting the internship. The Office of Community Engagement cannot pay for course credits.

About Us​: The Office of Community Engagement strives to develop and maintain open communication as well as strong relationships with individuals, governments, and the business communities of College Park, MD and Prince George’s County. At the end of the day, our highest value is found in positive neighborhood engagement that promotes an atmosphere of goodwill between the University and its neighbors.

To Apply​: Please send a cover letter and resume to oce@umd.edu. The one-page cover letter should address the following questions: Why do you want to be a community engagement intern? What are your qualifications for the Communications & Media Relations Intern position? What are your post-graduation plans?